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Beyond Bounds: 8 Reasons To Root For Paige This NCAA Postseason

How gifted is Paige Brimeyer? Her hardware would tell you the senior’s an All-American volleyball hotshot for St. Thomas, as her powerhouse volleyball program takes aim Thursday at a second-straight D-III championship, hosting the first-round NCAA Regional.

11/13/2013

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Beyond Bounds: Star Skater + Video Production Phenom = Carolyn Draayer

I laughed at the use of “possibly” and “try.” “My goal is to possibly try to get hired at a studio or a video production house,” Carolyn Draayer said. It was a preposterous statement, as the Gustavus junior’s knack for video production should inevitably have studios hustling to try and get her on board.

11/08/2013

Devin Lehman (No. 13) and her No. 4-ranked Belle Plaine Tigers begin the 2013 postseason Thursday night at home against Le-Sueur-Henderson. (credit: submitted)

Beyond Bounds: 8 Reasons To Follow Devin Lehman, 1 Of MN’s Best Setters

Devin Lehman is good at making her teammates look good. The Belle Plaine senior’s accumulated so many set assists this fall – 813 to be exact – for her No. 4-ranked Tigers that only two girls in the state do it better. Thursday night marks the start of the postseason for high school volleyball.

10/24/2013

Dan Ferrazzo and Dan Noehring (credit: Mike Ekern/University of St. Thomas)

Beyond Bounds: Who Wins When St. Thomas’ 2 Star WRs Go 1-On-1?

The similarities between shifty St. Thomas wideouts – and close friends – senior Dan Noehring and junior Dan Ferrazzo are numerous. The Dan duo were both: -Captains of their high school football teams (Noehring hails from Lakeville South, and Ferrazzo’s a Mahtomedi product).

10/18/2013

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Beyond Bounds: Is This The Start Of Brett Draxler’s Astronomical Career Arc?

The nadir of Brett Draxler’s golf career arrived Sept. 8, 2013. The junior scored an 87 while on St. John’s second team — he’s well aware weekend warriors can replicate such a round. “It was terrible… the worst round I’ve shot,” he conceded.

10/17/2013

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Beyond Bounds: Plain Cheerios Fuel St. Olaf’s First-Year Phenom

The first-year came in first. After 251 of the region’s best cross country athletes darted through the serene arboretum surrounding St. Olaf College, Noelle Olson — who had just started college mere weeks beforehand — came out on top.

10/05/2013

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Beyond Bounds: Bethel’s Safety 1 Of The Nation’s Most Selfless Football Players

I only planned to chat with Bethel senior JD Mehlhorn for 20 minutes or so. Nearly an hour later, I realized something Mehlhorn’s even aware of — brevity is not his strong suit.

09/28/2013

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Beyond Bounds: 7 Reasons Why UST Harry Pitera’s Always Smirking

Why’s Harry Pitera always got a grin on his face? Probably because the two-time All-MIAC outside linebacker has his No. 2-ranked Tommies off to a 2-0 start. Maybe it’s knowing that 10,000-plus fans will be on hand to watch his senior class aim to cap their careers having never lost to arch-rival St. John’s, former MIAC immortal and national powerhouse.

09/20/2013

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Beyond Bounds: 6 Reasons Why Tremayne Is Tommie Football’s Poster Boy

Everybody loves Tremayne Williams. Both on and off the record, his trainers, his teammates and his coach respect and revere the face of the 2013 Tommie football team. “He’s our poster boy,” coach Glenn Caruso said during two-a-days last week at O’Shaughnessy Stadium.

09/06/2013

Mahtomedi's robot (red) tries to launch Frisbees into a skateboard-sized slot while Becker's bot puts on the defense. (credit: CBS)

Bright Minds Battle Their ‘Bots At Minnesota State Fair

The brightest minds at the State Fair on Friday could be found in the back corner of the Education Building showing off their 100-pound made-from-scratch robots. Precocious ingenuity collided with full-on nerdery at the High School Robotics Competition as the science class savants from Mahtomedi, Becker and Fergus Falls showed off what six weeks of electrical engineering, innovative 3-D printers and zealous ambition can spawn.

08/30/2013

Gary Brausen and his family Rosey, Alexander and Bennett. (credit: Gary Brausen)

Beyond Bounds: Gary Lost A Lung, But He’s Winning The War Vs. Cancer

Pre-cancer Gary Brausen cruised through 9-mile trail races. Pre-cancer Gary Brausen strapped on ice skates at 6:30 a.m. three days a week, competing against former college hockey standouts. Pre-cancer Gary Brausen never touched a cigarette.

08/15/2013

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Beyond Bounds: Mankato Star Thielen’s At Home At Vikings Training Camp

Everything on Friday was the usual for Adam Thielen. He donned purple football gear and went out to practice on the very field – the Minnesota State University, Mankato – where he’d spent the last five years solidifying himself as one of the best Maverick wideouts ever. The one difference on Friday was, this time he did it as a pro.

07/26/2013

Steve Maher, St. Thomas' All-American pitcher and record-holder, is baffling D-I and D-II hitters in the Northwoods League for the Waterloo Bucks. (credit: University of St. Thomas/Mike Ekern)

Beyond Bounds: Steve Maher’s Having A Better Summer Than You

I’m confident the following is true. Steve Maher’s summer > your summer. Before you angrily start over-sharing your Instagram lake pics en masse, here’s why. The All-American pitcher from Division-III St. Thomas is playing America’s pastime – every – single – day in the Northwoods League with the Waterloo Bucks (seriously, like some 75 games in 70 days).

07/20/2013

Jack Holmgren won not one, but two state golfing tournaments this week and is headed to nationals at the end of the month. (credit: Mark Brettingen/MGA)

Beyond Bounds: Holmgren’s Hot On Tour & Here’s A Good Reason Why

How did swing-swinging golf phenom Jack Holmgren win not only the state MGA junior boys championship, but also the PGA junior title, too? Why does the 17-year-old already have a scholarship in hand to compete at Iowa? What’s the back story to how the rising senior has been part of three – and nearly four – team state titles for Wayzata?

07/13/2013

Son of a PGA pro, Detroit Lakes senior Karter Smith finished state Class AA runner-up twice and will take his talents to Division-I Drake this fall (credit: submitted)

Beyond Bounds: Karter Smith – Mr. Consistent – Taking Golf Talents To Drake

I didn’t ask Karter Smith what his middle name is. Chances are it’s probably not “Consistent,” but it should be. Allow me to count the ways he defines dependable.

06/15/2013

Brock Wood (right) and friend Jesse Hacker will kayak the 2,400 miles of the Mississippi River beginning June 17 to raise money for Lymphoma research. (credit: submitted)

Beyond Bounds: Brock Wood KO’d Cancer, Now Kayaking The Mississippi

There are two reasons (one rational, one irrational) why Brock Wood is going to have no problem kayaking the 2,400 miles down the Mississippi this summer.

06/12/2013

Simone Bracalello is a star for MN United FC on the pitch, but he also coaches numerous Minnesota youth, and guest speaks at the U of M about Italian culture. (credit: MN United FC)

Beyond Bounds: 9 Reasons Why Simone Is Now Your Favorite MN Soccer Star

You knew Minnesota had a professional soccer team, right? Those of you bashfully nodding yes are probably lying – market research has shown as little as 3 percent are aware that pro footballers exist in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

06/06/2013

The better hitter in the MIAC this year is a first year hailing from northern LA, and his .462 average earned him National Rookie of the Year honors. (credit: Carleton College Sports Information/Oliver Bohlman)

Beyond Bounds: No Typo Here — This MIAC Rookie Hit .462

How in the world does a college rookie hit .462 at the plate — nearly 50 points above his closest conference competitor? Not even the man who posted the gaudy Ted Williams-esque figures can quite figure it out.

05/31/2013

Alex Daley (back left) and Matt Scott (back right) believe in soccer's ability to cross cultures, and proved it, building a soccer pitch while living in Nepal this year. (credit: Dribble Daily)

Beyond Bounds: Dribbling 400 Miles Across MN For Social Change

I’ll be honest. Yes, it’s my job to research and report on amazing stories such as the duo who’ll traverse Minnesota’s 400 miles by dribbling from International Falls to the Iowa border, as part of a fundraiser to construct an inner city soccer pitch, complete with urban gardens to promote a community’s health, and even pride.

05/24/2013

St. Thomas coach John Tauer likens his junior guard Erik Tengwall to Ohio State's Aaron Craft -- both hustle, lead and play unselfishly.
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Beyond Bounds: UST’s Glue Guy Erik Tengwall’s Quite Crafty

Pretty sure Erik Tengwall had a better weekend than you did. The St. Thomas junior’s No. 1-ranked basketball team eked out a 63-62 win at home and advanced to an NCAA D-III Elite Eight match […]

03/21/2013

From left to right; Miranda Solem, Vicky Persinger, Karlie Koenig, Chelsea Solem and coach Mike Solem will represent the USA at the World Junior Curling Championships. (credit: Alejandro Lazo/lazphoto.com)

Beyond Bounds: USA’s Junior Curling Champs Are Minnesotan-Led

Miranda Solem has been missing a lot of school lately. First, there was the week when the 21-year-old’s curling team won the Junior National Championship (for ages 21 and under) earlier this month in Wayland, Mass.

02/16/2013

Tommy Hannon (left) and John Nance lead the No. 1-ranked Tommies and the two St. Paul natives have been inseparable since fifth-grade little league baseball. (credit: Mike Ekern/University of St. Thomas)

Beyond Bounds: Best Friends Tommy Hannon & John Nance Go 1-On-1

The best friend dynamic between St. Thomas’ John Nance and Tommy Hannon is so genuine, so goofy, and so … simply entertaining that I found myself momentarily forgetting to interview two of the cornerstones for […]

02/07/2013

The business major and French minor has a 3.5 GPA and runs his own summer basketball camp for nearly 100 athletes. (credit: Mike Ekern/University of St. Thomas)

Beyond Bounds: 9 Things To Know About Will DeBerg

St. Thomas senior Will DeBerg has a specific memory he recounts with detail and ecstatic ease — one he wants to repeat.

02/02/2013

Junior Dan Kornbaum, a UMD transfer, has Augsburg sitting pretty in second place in the MIAC. He's also one of the league's top scorers (18.8 ppg) and rebounders (7.9 rpg). (credit: Kelly Anderson Diercks, Augsburg College)

Beyond Bounds: 9 Things You Need To Know About Dan Kornbaum

At your family reunion, Dan Kornbaum’s basketball resume would be marquee material. But in his own family tree, Augsburg’s rising star is third on the clan totem pole.

01/25/2013

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Beyond Bounds: NFL Journal Entry No. 7 With D’Aundre Reed – New Year’s Edition

As the season-long ambition of getting to know D’Aundre Reed comes to a close – the Vikings battle the Packers at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lambeau Field – it’s been eye-opening to see how well Reed dealt with the highlights and setbacks that the 2012 campaign as tossed his way.

01/05/2013

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